February 11, 1937 – January 27, 2020
We are heartbroken over the sudden loss of Len, in the Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan, BC. Born February 11, 1937, in Hamilton, Ontario, the youngest of four children. Len leaves behind his big brother Fred; predeceased by his big sister Shirley, who passed away January 29, 2020 and his other big brother Mervin (Beverley), all in Ontario. From city to farm, to trades (plasterer), to joining the Navy at seventeen years of age. Len says he started out swabbing the decks and rose through the trades to pilot, in the Naval Air Arm Branch, flying trackers, daks and helicopters. He enjoyed a full career, retiring as a Second Lieutenant (Captain). I believe Len lived in every province and territory throughout his long career. Still being a young man, he became a power engineer at Fletcher Challenge in Crofton, BC, until early retirement, due to downsizing. He then spent his days with his mistresses golf, writing poetry and short stories, reading, music, oil painting, a camera in hand or with the computer.
Predeceased by his first wife Marlene, of twenty five years. Survived by his son Stephen, wife Lani, grandchildren Stephanie, Michael and Mitchell; daughter Aanya and Jorge, grandchildren Justin, Danielle, Kaley (Jon), great grandson Jonny; daughter Jennifer, husband Luigi, granddaughter Brenda (Kurt), great grandchildren Ryker, Roczen, EV, and grandson Blair and granddaughter Kayla; daughter Lesley, husband Jamie, grandsons Andrew, great grandson Grayson and Brent. In addition, Penny, daughter in law/out law, granddaughter Angela, great grandchildren Kennedy and Jett, granddaughter Alexandria; great grandchildren Zandreah and Drake; granddaughter Racheal (Vern), great grandchildren Claira and Nash. Additional extended family, granddaughter Lindsay, great grandson Sebastien and grandson Jeremy.
Half way through his second career he met his second wife, Karen A. Chaster, with just shy of thirty-two years of married life together. Len had numerous health issues, but didn’t let them keep him down. Forever in my thoughts and heart. May you forever be young and healthy again to fly and pursue your mistresses. Know you were a loving man and that you were loved very much in return.
I feel confident that you had taught your children what they need to know to be successful in life. Luckily you shared your sense of humour with them. A river of tears of love are being shed over you, you will be missed. At home, the King of his castle until the last four days. With thanks to his GP Dr. Vincent Rossouw and all the girls in the office. Thank you to all the BC Ambulance drivers who would pick him up and get him on his feet again. Thanks to the Doctors and Nurses at CDH for his frequent flyer status care, in addition to his last four days of care. Thank you to Doctors and Nurses at the ICD/Pacemaker clinic at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC.
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